Yorkshire music festival to support Yorkshire Cancer Research

25 March 2015

Yorkshire Cancer Research has been announced as the official charity partner for South Yorkshire music festival Underneath the Stars.

The partnership will give the charity the chance to promote their cause to thousands of festival-goers at the second annual event, which will be held at Cannon Hall Farm, Barnsley, between July 24th and 26th.

The weekend festival is being organised by Barnsley-born international singer-songwriter Kate Rusby and her family in collaboration with the Nicholson family, which runs popular visitor attraction Cannon Hall Farm.

Festival director Emma Holling, who is Kate’s sister, said “We’re a Yorkshire festival and will be celebrating some of the very best of Yorkshire music, food and culture, so we are very pleased to adopt such an important Yorkshire charity as our good cause.

“Like many families, ours has been touched by cancer and Yorkshire Cancer Research do amazing work supporting people across the region who are affected by the disease. It’s a charity that we really believe in.”

Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England. Funded entirely by donations, it supports vital projects across Yorkshire helping people avoid, survive and cope with cancer.

Yorkshire Cancer Research chief executive Charles Rowett said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the official charity partner for such a unique event. Working with the Rusby and Nicholson families is a real pleasure and they are all passionate about helping Yorkshire Cancer Research to raise awareness and reach thousands of people in what will be a fantastic festival right here in Yorkshire.”

Representatives from Yorkshire Cancer Research will host a series of activities throughout the weekend to raise awareness of cancer, early detection and the research the charity funds to help Yorkshire people avoid, survive and cope with the disease.

Richard Nicholson, of Cannon Hall Farm, said: “It’s a lovely family event and we are delighted to host it. I am really pleased the charity are involved this year, because I lost my wife five years ago to lymphoma. So I think it’s important to create awareness about cancer. It’s a cause very close to my heart.”

Last summer, more than 5,000 people attended the very first Underneath the Stars festival and the Rusbys hope the weekend will attract double that number this year.

Tickets sales are going well since it was announced that the festival had secured US songwriting legend Mary Chapin Carpenter as its headline act. Barnsley’s own international signing star Kate Rusby will also perform.

The 2015 line-up also includes scots chanteuse Eddi Reader, formerly of Fairground Attraction; Philip Selway (Radiohead) in an intimate singer-songwriter setting; Molotov Jukebox with their unique tropical-gypsy-dance sound fronted by Natalia Tena, of Harry Potter and Game of Thrones fame; legendary guitar maestro Martin Simpson; US old-time music genius Bruce Molsky; cheeky North East trio The Young’Uns; Bristol based vintage-swing fusion outfit Electric Swing Circus; Leeds-based eclectic six piece Hope and Social, Galleon Blast featuring BBC Radio presenter Mark Radcliffe, plus many more.

The event will also provide arts, crafts and cultural activities, with artisan food from local suppliers in a family-friendly setting.

Underneath the Stars is organised in close collaboration with Cannon Hall Farm’s owners, the Nicholson family. The event is held across three fields of Yorkshire farmland beside the farm visitor attraction – which is one of the biggest in the UK, attracting thousands of visitors a year.

Underneath the Stars weekend tickets, with or without camping, are now on sale at www.underthestarsfest.co.uk

Below, Kate Rusby explaining why Underneath The Stars festival has teamed up with Yorkshire Cancer Research; 


Notes to editor

For media enquiries, please contact 01226 767872 or e-mail press@underthestarsfest.co.uk - for more information, visit www.underthestarsfest.co.uk

For information about Yorkshire Cancer Research contact: Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer, Yorkshire Cancer Research. Tel: 01423 877228 or email: nikki@ycr.org.uk

Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). During 2015, it will mark its 90th anniversary with a renewed commitment to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire. Its mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.

Current statistics show that 527 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.

For further information, go to www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk

Underneath the Stars is a not-for-profit organisation run by a board of directors which includes Kate Rusby’s brother and sister, Joe Rusby and Emma Holling.

Singer-songwriter Kate Rusby was nominated for the Mercury prize for her album Sleepless in 1999 and has won several BBC Radio Two folk awards. She was also made an Official Patron of Yorkshire in 2008 in recognition of her passion for her home county and the way she promotes Yorkshire wherever she goes on tour. Yorkshire and her family roots are also an important influence on her music and her writing. Kate has honorary doctorates from Huddersfield and Sheffield Hallamshire Universities. Most recently, in 2014 she was awarded a Gold Award from BASCA.

For more information about Cannon Hall Farm, please visit www.cannonhallfarm.co.uk

Additional media contact: Steph Pollard on 01226 766900 or 0776 196 4492 or at steph@capitalbmedia.co.uk and Sally Brown on 01226 766900 or 07950 870864 or at sally@capitalbmedia.co.uk

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